The 1950 first of CS Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe sold at £1100 by Bourne End Auctions.

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When first published by Geoffrey Bles of London, this hugely popular tale by CS Lewis was priced at eight shillings and sixpence – which for younger ATG readers, I should perhaps note is a little less than 50p in today’s terms – but nowadays it can of course fetch considerably more, in whatever currency is involved.

Other copies have made as much as £6500 in the UK, despite having torn and/or repaired jackets, but the auction record for the book has remained since 2001 with a seemingly fine copy that was bid to a hammer price of $17,000 at Christie’s East, as part of the Falktoft Library.